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James

SUGAR LAND, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Borneman
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (222)

    Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time.

    Andy says: "war wasn't simpler 75 years ago"
    "A well woven biography"
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    What did you love best about The Admirals?

    How it covered the individual actions of each admiral but also covered their interactions with each other and other notable figures of World War Two such as FDR and MacArthur


    What did you like best about this story?

    The early careers of each of the admirals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nimitz's plane crashes in San Francisco Bay and he is sitting on the wing. His interactions with the two enlisted men was priceless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How the Navy grew from a fifth-rate power to the perennial navy power in the world.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2996)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Typical Tom Clancy"
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    What did you love best about Threat Vector?

    The focus on the cyber threat and the plausibility of such a thing happening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Yao - liked the personality and could see someone acting the way he did.


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    It was energetic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tobruk

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    J B Tipton says: "Fair dinkum"
    "A Flavor of the times"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book does a great job of balancing the battle for Tobruk between the Australian and German perspectives. The author also adds a lot of language peculiar to the Australian defenders which adds color to the story. There is emotion in the story as the battle inevitably takes its toll on both sides. The author also adds in the political element which overshadowed the British/Australian relationship in the North African theater.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tobruk?

    When one of the main characters is killed - it is a moment of great sadness and how it affects the character's family at home is quite moving.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent adds much to the story. Being an American I may not know exactly how to relate to a particular saying but the narrator does a great job making it relevant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I will most likely still buy the physical book as it is one of the few in-depth accounts i have run into about the siege of Tobruk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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